Sycamore Community Schools is proud to announce a student at Sycamore Junior High has achieved a perfect score on the ACT Exam.
Eighth grader Rishi Verma achieved a perfect score of 36 on his second attempt at the college entrance exam. The national average was 20.8, according to 2016 ACT data.
“I took it for the first time last year and got a 35 so I was hoping to get a perfect score this year,” said Verma.
Just last month, Verma won first place in the MathCounts State Competition, advancing to the National MathCounts Competition in Orlando, Florida. In February, he achieved a perfect score at the Cincinnati MathCounts competition, becoming only the second student in 27 years to earn a perfect score.
He was also on the Sycamore Junior High Power of Pen team that earned first place out of 41 teams at the regional tournament in March. He is also a member of the OMEA District 14 Junior High Honor Band and a half marathon runner.
Verma enjoys his computer programming classes and is interested in pursuing a career in computer science. While he has a few years to decide, he says he is interested in going to college at MIT.
His mother, Divya Verma, is an educational assistant at Symmes Elementary. She says Rishi’s success has been completely self-motivated.
“Sycamore has been a great platform for him to reach his potential,” Mrs. Verma said. “His teachers have been great. They have let him explore and given him the room to grow.”